Initial Licensure Programs Admission Requirements

Admission to the School of Education:

Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to a major in the School of Education. Only students who have been accepted into the School of Education may take methods courses.

Admission Criteria

A candidate must have completed an application form to the School of Education; earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; candidates must meet current state cut scores on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), ACT Plus Writing, or SAT Plus Essay. Please see the School of Education for current required scores.  Candidates must pass a criminal background check and a sex offender check, and have passed their TB test.  Results/proof must be on file with the School of Education. 

Retention Criteria: Candidates must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to remain in the education program. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all General Education and School of Education (EDU) courses. In order to enroll in methods courses, a candidate must be a fully admitted School of Education student. Candidates must have passed the Illinois State Board of Education Content Area Test in order to student teach.

Exit Criteria: Candidates must show satisfactory progress- completion of all required coursework and credit hours, including student teaching and successful completion of the Illinois State Board of Education required content test(s) and required edTPA in order to be recommended for teacher licensure.

Important REQUIRED Documents